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Claire Bouffard Chase, born in Winooski, Vt. and of French-Canadian descent, talks about her family, in particular her grandmother, mother and father, and the World War II experiences of her brother, Clem. She relates stories she heard as a child, talks about being raised to be self-sufficient and discusses her father's life philosophy. Most interesting are her stories about a healing tradition in the family that borders on the mysterious and mystical, where certain family members could take away pain (and Claire's warts) by the power of suggestion, and how this tradition was passed on in a very strict code of secrecy. Kim Chase conducts the interview.

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1996-06-07
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Robert Pontbriant, of French-Canadian descent, talks with Kim Chase about how his parents came to Winooski, Vt. from Canada. He relates many other family stories including soirées and the singing and dancing that went along with those gatherings. In particular he talks about the ability of certain family members and friends to be able to take the pain away from burns and to stop bleeding (side 3) by using a "power" or "gift" of faith healing. Also discussed are: trapping, foods, his blindness due to an inherited disease, farming, and more family stories and memories.

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1996
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